WORKING HOURS

The Cave is open all year round

During Summer
June: 9:00 a.m-18:00 p.m
July: 9:00-19:00 p.m
August: 9:00-19:00 p.m

During winter time between:
Daily: 09:00 - 17:00

TEL. 2324082045
FAX. 2324082046

email: info@alistraticave.gr

www.alistraticave.gr

Habitat

The kinds of habitat one can find in the cave are five: Bat excrement hills. Alistrati cave is one of the few Greek caves which has so big quantities (tons) of bat excrement. This fact shows how important this cave was for the bat's spending their day-time and winter-time.

Excrement hills, in various decay degrees are spread all over the cave.

The biggest quantities are in the guano chambers. In no other hill, so rich in population and species have guano bio-societies been observed.

Crowds of Coleoptera, Diplopoda, spiders all of which are troglofila, live there. Especially these hills are of particular significance for the eco-system.

The rest of the hills are either in extended decay degree or have been stepped upon all over by the visitors.

Small areas with bat excrement. All over the cave there is a plethora of small guano "spots", however more and undisturbed quantities lie beyond the passage which the visitors follow.

Here societies are simpler, poorer in diversity and populations.

Yet, these "spots" are very important, due to their big number and because there, the two troglovia isopoda are fed (since the "spots" lack the many antagonists and predators)

Organic matter- flora. Actually, this is a food-area and not a habitat.

And that's the wood, leaves and seeds that have fallen (entrance) or carried (by animals or the man) into the cave.

They are mentioned separately because they are food for trogloria isopoda and chilopoda

Lias soil. It is the micro-environment with the least food in the cave and in a relatively good condition is found in the chambers on the right and on the left of the artificial entrance.

Since the organic matter of predatory coleoptera and spiders is very limited and possibly because of that, only here the presence of the very significant trolovion dipluron is noticeable

Walls. In the nock walls, up to 1m high in average, spiders diplopoda and diplura live